The Fugard Theatre pays a week long classic film tribute to Athol Fugard on occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Tony Award from 7 — 11 June.
From the Press Release: “The Fugard Theatre General Manager, Daniel Galloway, announced today that The Fugard Theatre will mark the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award to Athol Fugard in New York on June 12 with a week of classic films based on the playwright’s works from next week, June 7 to 11. The Awards committee described Fugard as “… a playwright whose art has always spoken out against racism and who continues to be an active voice for freedom and equality”. Over the years Athol Fugard has received six Tony nominations including four for Best Play – Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island (1975); A Lesson from Aloes (1982) and Master Harold and The Boys (1982) and Blood Knot (1986). The film screenings next week will start at 8pm, with hot soup, garlic bread, wine and a warm atmosphere awaiting patrons at The Fugard. The theatre has recently been fitted with new cinema—style seats, cinema quality projection and surround sound systems. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday 7 June: Boesman and Lena directed by Ross Devenish and starring Athol Fugard and Yvonne Bryceland (1974). Wednesday 8 June: Hello and Goodbye directed by Ross Devenish and starring Athol Fugard and Yvonne Bryceland (1977). Thursday 9 June: Master Harold and the Boys directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and starring Mathew Broderick, John Kani and Zakes Mokae (1985). Friday 10 June: The Road to Mecca directed by Athol Fugard and Peter Goldsmid and starring Academy award-winner Kathy Bates, Athol Fugard and Yvonne Bryceland (1992). Saturday 11 June: Tsotsi directed by Gavin Hood — 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Tickets are R40 and bookings can be made on www.computicket.com, or by phoning the Fugard Theatre Box Office on 021 461 4554. Athol Fugard’s latest play The Bird Watchers, is currently on at the Fugard Theatre, until 4 June and on Monday nights you can get 2 tickets for the price of one when making bookings through the Theatre’s Box Office. About the Fugard Theatre: The 280-cinema style seater Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six, with the renovated Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street as its entrance. Construction of The Fugard Theatre was underwritten by its founding producer Eric Abraham, and is named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s greatest playwright. All seating is now reserved and can be booked on line at www.computicket.com or the box office on 021 461 4554. Those interested in the theatre should contact the Fugard Theatre General Manager Daniel Galloway on .”